After playing 10 of their first 11 games at home, the KC Royals open the first extended road trip of the season tonight when they visit Seattle for the first of three games with the Mariners.
And the Royals have things to do in Seattle. First and foremost, they need to win. A sweep would be best, a second straight series win the next best thing (Kansas City took two of three from the Twins before losing the series finale Thursday). Any other result will be disappointing.
The Royals also have business within their trio of games with the M’s, business they need to take care of before heading to Chicago Tuesday to start three games with the White Sox.
What might that business be?
The KC Royals need to find pitcher Brady Singer some work in Seattle.
Brady Singer has all but disappeared. He’s somewhere in the bullpen, doing something that escapes the eye—on the heels of his frustratingly prolonged inconsistency, the Royals banished Singer, one of the mainstays of Matheny’s rotation for the past two seasons, to the bullpen coming out of spring training. He’s pitched only once and gave up four runs on six hits in three innings.
Kings of Kauffman’s Preston Farr covered the Singer ground so well in his Thursday story that not much need be said here, other than to press the point that Singer needs work. Perhaps he’s working on a third pitch—or, as Farr recommended, maybe a fourth—every day before the gates open, but the fact remains he’s getting game-rusty without game action.